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gunk

[guhngk] /gʌŋk/
noun, Informal.
1.
any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation:
gunk on the oil filter.
Origin of gunk
1932
1932, Americanism; originally a trademark name for a degreasing solvent
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  • gunk; a 'take in,' a 'sell'; as a verb, to 'take in,' to cheat.

  • Alive or dead, the gunk was the most powerful desiccant I'd ever heard of.

    The Water Eater Win Marks
  • Penrod uttered one half-hearted "gunk" as he turned in at his own gate.

    Penrod and Sam Booth Tarkington
  • "gunk" is the poor makeshift that must be employed to indicate it.

    Penrod and Sam Booth Tarkington
  • I've been fighting this cowlick ever since I've been a kid—stocking caps, gunk, the works.

    The Romantic Analogue W.W. Skupeldyckle
  • "gunk" and "chaw" are the Scots for a bitter and envious disappointment which shows itself in face and eyes.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • "Hope that gunk they used to monkey up my complexion doesn't sweat out," he told himself.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for gunk

gunk

/ɡʌŋk/
noun
1.
(informal) slimy, oily, or filthy matter
Word Origin
C20: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gunk
n.

1949, "viscous substance," American English, apparently from Gunk, trademark for a thick liquid soap patented 1932 by A.F. Curran Co. of Malden, Mass.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gunk

gunk

noun

  1. Any sticky, viscous liquid, esp hair tonic, cosmetics, lubricants, or cleaning fluids; glop, gook1
  2. Dirt; slime; oily grime; muck: The anchor was clotted in noisome gunk

[1932+; fr a trademark, Gunk, for a degreasing compound, and part of a cluster of nearly synonymous terms beginning with g]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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